WFP Utilizes Proactive Measures to Lessen Flooding Consequences in Somalia

From high above Beledweyne, Somalia, flooded streets paint a picture of devastation. The UN World Food Program (WFP) announced the successful execution of a proactive plan to minimize the impact of El-Nino-induced floods in Somalia.

Implemented across Baardheere, Luuq, Jowhar, and Beledweyne, the pre-emptive strategy aimed to safeguard lives and livelihoods. The WFP, in collaboration with partners, revised and enhanced early warning systems for flood risks, ensuring dissemination to the communities before, during, and after potential floods.

The WFP’s statement on Friday night, made in Mogadishu, emphasized the effectiveness of the plan, activated for the second time in April. The first activation, in October 2023, proved crucial in providing assistance ahead of catastrophic floods, protecting vulnerable communities.

By issuing early warnings, the WFP sought to increase access to vital information for households, enabling informed decisions for flood risk management. This support helped households preserve their well-being and assets, safeguarding livelihoods and sustaining food consumption.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs reported that approximately 225,760 individuals felt the impact of heavy Gu season rains and floods, with nearly 38,730 people displaced or relocated by mid-May. Tragically, nine lives were lost, livelihoods shattered, and businesses destroyed due to the deluge.

Through the proactive measures, around 1.9 million individuals received early warnings via radio broadcasts and local partners, aiding in preparedness and response efforts.

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